Out of Zion…

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Out of Zion…

When you spend a lot of time purchasing whole lots of random Jamaican records, there are always bound to be a few gospel 45s mixed in. Over the years my pile grew slowly and I was always amazed by how fresh they sounded for religious recordings from the 1960s.

Recently I bought the amazing compilation Noah Full of Grace and listened to it non-stop for a few weeks. The excitement of this reminded me of my own stack of gospel 45s, so into the piles I went to dig out some gems. On top of that, my good friend at Deadly Dragon went through his own collection and sent me a few records that gave this mix some of its finer sides.

Personally, I’m not religious. In fact, the other day I was watching a Mark Maron stand-up where he was lamenting his wicked non-affiliation with atheists. In his opinion, to be an atheist would be to have too strong a view on religion, one that he – nor I – possess. (If you care to know more, I wrote about this all once right here.) The benefit of holding this position towards religion – I believe – is the ability to enjoy people joyfully crooning their love for Jesus. For even if you don’t agree with the words, you can appreciate it for the pure expression of absolute conviction, which on its own is pretty great.

Or not. Either way, it’s some amazing music!

Download the mp3 here!